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Monday, April 13, 2009

1909 Village Elections in Pelham

What follows is a brief but interesting account of the 1909 Village elections in Pelham. The account appeared in the March 17, 1909 issue of The New York Times.



Reilly, 'the Village Blacksmith,' Wins In North Pelham for the Fourth Time.

The annual charter elections yesterday in the Westchester villages of North Pelham, Pelham, Pelham Manor, and Tuckahoe were especially interesting because of fights against the re-election of many of the nominees.

In North Pelham James Reilly, 'The Village Blacksmith,' again ran for President, after having held the office for three terms. He was elected by a vote of 155 to 88. The first time Reilly ran it was as an Independent and he was elected. He was re-elected on the same ticket, but last year he was nominated by the Republicans and elected, and this year they re-nominated him.

His opponent was Peter Cedar of Cedar Kennels, who opposed him the first time he ran. Reilly carried in with him the entire Republican ticket.

In Pelham Manor President Charles E. Pond, Republican, was re-elected for the fourth term, over James F. Secor, who ran on an Independent ticket.

In Pelham the fight was bitter, and resulted in the defeat of the present President of the village, Thomas L. Jacques, who had held the office for three years. He was beaten by A. N. White, the independent Republican candidate. The vote was 69 to 52.

In Tuckahoe, William Rubly, Democrat, won over William F. Thompson by a vote of 208 to 132."

Source: Elections in Westchester, N.Y. Times, Mar. 17, 1909, p. 4.

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